ADE Festival

The Rough Guide to ADE Festival

ADE's festival program covers the whole spectrum of electronic subgenres, with over 2,500 artists performing in 140 of Amsterdam's finest music and nightlife spaces. In 2018 the festival welcomed 400,000 festival visitors from over 100 countries in 140 venues, which makes it the world's biggest festival for electronic music.

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By Night
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Festival By Night

The festival showcases a broad range of electronic music artists, from pioneers to upcoming talent. It is unique in its kind, with almost 140 participating venues including clubs, smaller and cosy venues, concert halls and stadiums, but also more 'one-off' locations such as museums or even Amsterdam Central Station. In 2018 the festival featured more than 2500 performing artists.

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Festival By Night

The festival showcases a broad range of electronic music artists, from pioneers to upcoming talent. It is unique in its kind, with almost 140 participating venues including clubs, smaller and cosy venues, concert halls and stadiums, but also more 'one-off' locations such as museums or even Amsterdam Central Station. In 2018 the festival featured more than 2500 performing artists.

By Day
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Festival By Day

The daytime program provides entertainment, engagement and plenty of surprises for the legions of electronic music fans visiting Amsterdam for ADE and features a wealth of dance music-related exhibitions, films, documentaries, DJ showcases, gear master classes and artist MusicTalks, taking place across Amsterdam's five main districts, utilising historical locations and unique venues across the city.

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Festival By Day

The daytime program provides entertainment, engagement and plenty of surprises for the legions of electronic music fans visiting Amsterdam for ADE and features a wealth of dance music-related exhibitions, films, documentaries, DJ showcases, gear master classes and artist MusicTalks, taking place across Amsterdam's five main districts, utilising historical locations and unique venues across the city.

Live Music
Opening Concert
ADE LIVE
From the Opening Concert, to ADE LIVE and Festival By Day; Live music has become integral to ADE.

Opening Concert

For the fourth year in a row, Metropole Orkest is officially opening Amsterdam Dance Event with a unique collaboration. The opening night by Metropole Orkest has developed into a permanent fixture for ADE. After previous successful collaborations with Henrik Schwarz (2016), Jameszoo (2017) and Colin Benders (2018), the orchestra has once again taken up the challenge of exploring a different genre of electronic music in an opening-night collaboration with SOHN.

ADE LIVE

ADE’s showcase program ADE LIVE, now in its fourth year, will once again be centered around Melkweg and Paradiso, the two legendary Amsterdam venues that have always been at the heart of the program. ADE LIVE's primary goal is to present adventurous music lovers with the opportunity to discover hidden gems, while also offering carefully chosen upcoming artists their moment in the spotlight in front of both the public and a range of professionals, including journalists and broadcast media, bookers, management reps, agents, event organisers and programmers.

ADE By Day

Aside from the Opening Concert and ADE LIVE, fans of live music can look forward to the Festival program as well. Previous editions' live music highlights include Klassifest at Hotel Arena, Hardwell's one-off collaboration with the Metropole Orkest at Ziggo Dome, the Jameszoo Quartet at Concertgebouw, multiple showcases at the Pllek Live Stage and much more.

2500+ artists
650+ events

Events

Gather Round

Gather Round

Brigado Crew / Daniele Di Martino / Paul Nolan / Rinzen

Music Connection

Music Connection

Ego / Federica Carparelli / Mario Tartaglia

The Only One in the Room

The Only One in the Room

Carl Loben (Editor in Chief, DJ MAG, UK), Jessica Wilson (COO, Seven20, US), Samantha Warren (Professor of Organization Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK), Sara Al Hamad (Business Affairs Manager, AIM, GB), Sarah Hildering (Managing Director, Hexagon, NL), Shino Parker (Events & Communications Manager, AFEM, UK)

Maceo Plex x Lone Romantic | Awakenings

Maceo Plex x Lone Romantic | Awakenings

Anthony Rother / Ben UFO / Brame & Hamo / I-F / Joy Orbison / Legowelt / Maceo Plex / Mars Levi / Robert Hood and more

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Interstella 5555: The 5tory Of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)

Blackout

Blackout

Black Sun Empire / Multiplex MC / Nymfo / Ordure / Pythius

Late Night Burners: Casa Voyager w/ OCB + Kosh (Live)

Late Night Burners: Casa Voyager w/ OCB + Kosh (Live)

OCB / Kosh / Kurley / Roman Coskun / Marco Man

Beatfreak Recordings

Beatfreak Recordings

Alex Sharp / Carlos Manaca / D-FORMATION / Edone / Grazze / Hannes Bieger / Katalist / Kamilo Sanclemente and many more

Darklight Sessions

Darklight Sessions

Fedde Le Grand

Sleepless: Wilkinson / Friction / Murdock / Zazu

Sleepless: Wilkinson / Friction / Murdock / Zazu

Friction / Murdock / Wilkinson / Zazu

Farris Wheel Showcase

Farris Wheel Showcase

Gene Farris / Clyde P / GAWP / Mindek / Roog / Erick E / Tough Love / Lex & Wood / Brett Gould / Alex Pi

Kuenta

Kuenta

Kuenta

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Article 13: Triumph or Tragedy?

Legal - Michel Duval (Managing Director, Because Music, FR), Rachel Graham (Head of Publishing, Infiné Music, FR)

Use Knife scores La coquille et le clergyman

Use Knife scores La coquille et le clergyman

ADE x Spaces: FuckUp Nights Amsterdam

ADE x Spaces: FuckUp Nights Amsterdam

Mike Williams in Concert

Mike Williams in Concert

Mike Williams

Holograms, Robots & Storytelling. The Future of Clubs and Festivals

Holograms, Robots & Storytelling. The Future of Clubs and Festivals

Daan Oomen (Co Owner, Creative Director, Live Legends, NL), Felipe Zona (Artist, Space +, CRO), Song Yang (Founder, CEO, Mai AI Cultural Communications Co, CN), Moderator: Jason Swamy ((Experience Design, Wonderfruit, TH)

ICONYC & Krafted meet & greet w/ Denon DJ & Akai

ICONYC & Krafted meet & greet w/ Denon DJ & Akai

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I'm A House Gangster by DJ Sneak

I'm A House Gangster by DJ Sneak

Amine Edge & Dance / Demuir / DJ Sneak / Jason Hodges / Phil Weeks / Todd Terry

In the Studio with Chip E & Joe Smooth

In the Studio with Chip E & Joe Smooth

Chip E (Record Producer, US), Joe Smooth (Record Producer, US)

Want to know more about ADE Festival?

You’ll find 140 different ADE festivals venues throughout the city. We are currently finalizing our program so count on a lot of announcements during the upcoming month. Keep an eye out at our news page or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

All confirmed ADE Official venues can be found here.

Our seperate festival tickets are available at our ticket page. Please be aware that we are currently finalizing our complete program; meaning that more events will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

There are several ways to get around in Amsterdam. The public transport is fully operational during ADE. You can buy public transport tickets at your departure station. You can also rent a bike or use one of Amsterdam's taxi services.

You are ready for the ‘do it the Amsterdam way’ of travelling? Good choice, explore about cycling in Amsterdam here. Never stuck in traffic and always on time for all your ADE activities.

On our socials we try to keep you updated about all that's new. You can follow us on our news; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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